Are you struggling to get a full day’s charge?
Here’s how to improve your iPhone or iPad battery life with iOS 11.
Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11 is out for iPhone and iPad users. Battery life tends to get better with every release, but heavy users can still struggle to get a full day’s charge. Here are 10 ways of power-saving tweaks to extend your battery life. Most of these trending tips are applicable to iPhone and iPad users, along with older iOS versions.
Which apps are sucking up the most battery power?
The recent versions, iOS 11 tells you which apps churn up the most battery life of your iPhone. Many are built-in, like the “Home & Lock Screen.” You can also see which apps use the battery most.
Go to Settings > Battery. You can see the most battery-consuming apps over the past day or week. This can help you decide to uninstall apps that drain your battery power.
Limit apps from churning up power in the background
Apps that refresh using cellular or wireless data can churn up battery power, even when you’re not using them. Some can be useful, while others may not be. For instance, you may not want your banking or shopping app to update if you don’t need up-to-the-minute data.
To change this setting, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, then deselect apps that you do not want to update anymore.
Manually update your Apps
You should always update your apps. Not only do you get new features, but you also get security updates and fixes. While your iPhone or iPad can download app updates automatically, you should wait until you’re charging your phone or on a wireless connection before you update your apps.
To turn off automatic app updates,
Go to Settings > Select iTunes & App Store and turn off all the options. You can manually update the apps by going to the Updates section of the Apple Store.
Use a pale flashlight
On newer iPhones, you can change the brightness on the rear-flashlight using the 3D Touch feature. A vague flashlight uses less battery.
To do this, swap to enter the Control Center, and force-touch the Flashlight. Tap on the lowest setting to select the dimmest flashlight setting.
Turn off home screen widgets
Widgets keep your home screen up-to-date with the latest information, at a glance. Many of these widgets use background data, which uses battery power. Turning off widgets can increase battery power.
Swipe right on the Home Screen and scroll down, and hit Edit. From here, tap each red circle, and then click on Remove.
Stop sending analytics data to Apple store
Analytics help Apple fix bugs and issues in iOS 11 but require your data and battery power to send reports.
To turn off sending Analytics,
Go to Settings > Privacy > Analytics and switch off each setting, including iCloud and sharing with app developers.
Disable location-related services
Location services use GPS for location-aware apps and services. While it’s useful knowing where you are on a map, what you don’t see is what is going on behind the scenes. Ads are being displayed based on your location, and traffic data is updated — meanwhile, your iPhone or iPad is always pinging out to see where you are. All of these things are unnecessary and churn up your battery life.
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. When On, scroll down to System Services, then uncheck all of these items. When you’re not using Location Services, such as GPS, simply turn it off.
Use the Low Power Mode setting
If you’re ever running low on battery, iOS 11 will automatically put you in Low Power Mode. That reduces power consumption by temporarily disabling features that use the most power.
To turn on the power saving mode, swipe up to show the Control Center, then tap the Battery icon. Your battery meter will turn from green to yellow when it’s enabled.
Turn off “Raise to Wake” and reduce Auto-Lock period
Newer iPhones will turn on the home screen when picked up. Doing this several times a day can turn on the display unnecessarily. The backlight can be one of the biggest draws of power.
Turn off Raise to Wake by going to Settings > Display & Brightness and set Raise to Wake to off.
The lower the auto-lock limit, the less time that your device’s display in on. The lower the number, the better is the batter usage.
iPhone and iPads can dynamically increase and reduce the brightness of the screen, based on how bright it is around you. But this can drain the battery. The best practice seems to point to disabling the auto-brightness.
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations and set Auto-Brightness to off. You can set the brightness manually based on your personal preferences from the Control Center.
Other significant ways to improve your iPhone battery life are:
- Switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth unless you need them
- Watch a video, play games sparingly
- Keep your phone up to date
- Make sure your iPhone, iPad doesn’t get too warm
If all else fails and battery life continues to be a problem, consider an external battery pack. Some external batteries will extend the battery life of your iPhone or iPad two or threefold. There are some wrap-around cases that clip to your phone and can be activated with a switch, though these will make your iPhone thicker in size and heavier to carry.
Do you still experience problems with iOS 11 battery life? Let us know in the comments!